More than 10 members from AU College Democrats attended the Democratic National Convention from Sept. 4 through 6.
Students chose to attend the DNC for a variety of reasons. One student, Zack Carroll, attended the convention as a delegate for his home state.
Carroll, a sophomore in the School of International Service, began working in Illinois politics when he was 15 years old. He founded his county’s Young Democrats group last year, which quickly became the most politically active in the Midwest.
Katherine Tinker attended the convention with Business Forward, an organization that works to bring policy makers and business owners together to solve domestic economic issues.
Tinker, a junior in SIS and president of AU College Democrats, said she had thought of herself as “center left” despite her democratic views. However, the energy and speakers of the convention gave her confidence and pride in her “Democrat” title.
She spoke with many congressmen and businessmen as a part of her job with Business Forward and said many were responsive to her AU title. Terry McAuliffe, a Virginia businessman who is running for the Senate, even gave her a hug upon hearing she was from AU.
Tinker said the highlight of the convention was “seeing people who recognized how awesome American University is when it comes to politics.”
Tinker assisted in McAuliffe’s campaign in Virginia directly after the convention.
Students at the convention attended an AU alumni reception hosted by School of Public Affairs Dean Barbara Romzek.
AU College Republicans did not comment in time for publication despite multiple attempts to contact them.